ERIC Number: ED421815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Teaching Mathematics to Students with Physical Disabilities Using the World Wide Web: The Planemath Program.
Kraus, Lewis E.
This paper describes a three-year project that has created on-line lessons and activities on math and aeronautics aimed at improving the education and aeronautics-related career options for children with physical disabilities. It has developed a specialized program, drawing from existing curricula, available materials and assistive technology, which uses the Internet to support an interactive education experience. The project targets schools nationally with students in grades 4 through 7 and has been useful to students in general education as well as special education settings. The project was based on two issues: an awareness that current mathematics curricula are highly reliant on students' ability to use manipulables, which leaves children with disabilities that affect their ability to manipulate objects at an academic disadvantage, and the realization that children with physical disabilities may not consider or be prepared for possible careers in aeronautics. The paper describes the goals of the project, the rationale behind using the Internet as a medium for providing aeronautics-based math activities, the project's timeframe, project resources, the curriculum design, the mathematical and aeronautical content that is covered, how the content was taught, and the accessibility of the World Wide Web pages. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Career Development, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design, Elementary Schools, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Instruction, Online Systems, Physical Disabilities, World Wide Web
World Wide Web: http://www.dinf.org/csun_98/csun98073.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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